from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past participle of give.
  • adj. Specified; fixed: We will meet at a given time and location.
  • adj. Granted as a supposition; acknowledged or assumed: Given the condition of the engine, it is a wonder that it even starts.
  • adj. Having a tendency; inclined: My neighbor is given to lavish spending.
  • adj. Bestowed as a gift; presented.
  • adj. Law Issued on a specified date. Used of legal documents.
  • n. Something assumed or taken for granted. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Past participle of give
  • prep. Considering; taking into account.
  • n. A condition that is assumed to be true without further evaluation.
  • adj. Already arranged.
  • adj. Currently discussed, particular, specific.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • p. p. & a. from give, v.
  • Granted; assumed; supposed to be known; set forth as a known quantity, relation, or premise.
  • Disposed; inclined; -- used with an adv..
  • Stated; fixed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Granted; executed and delivered. Compare date
  • Conferred; bestowed; imparted; not inherited or possessed naturally: as, a given name.
  • Admitted; supposed; allowed as a supposition; conceding: as, given A and B, C follows.
  • Specified or that might be specified or stated; certain; particular; specifically, in mathematics, virtually known or determined: as, a given magnitude—that is, a known magnitude.
  • Disposed; addicted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (usually followed by `to') naturally disposed toward
  • adj. acknowledged as a supposition
  • n. an assumption that is taken for granted


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